Sunday 12 August 2018
Headley: 193 for 5 (25 overs) Winslet 81, Miles 26no, Noble 24
Reigate Priory Cavaliers: 131 all out – Winslet 5-10, Noble 2-24
Headley welcomed a traditionally strong Reigate Priory Cavaliers side to the HCG. On a miserable damp afternoon both captains decided on a 25 over game to beat the expected rain that actually didn’t materialise in the expected way. Stand in skipper Pickering won the toss and despite the dampness in the wicket chose the Headley preferred option to bat first.
Pickering and fellow opener Calvert put on a steady start and took the sting out of the lively Reigate opening pair. Both however lost their wickets trying to up the rate. Gus Noble came in a pushed things along well and then Winslet and Miles put on over 100 with a dominant display from Winslet. His big hitting through and over cover point was as good as seen this season. The bowling was generally straight and tight and Winslet had to work hard but he was merciless on anything not straight. A total of 193 gave the Headley skipper a decent total to defend. He also knew that his armoury of slower bowlers could hold the key.
The Reigate response was instant and after amassing 81 off 10 overs without loss, and the Headley skipper was wondering where the breakthrough was going to come from. It was Steve Barton, who had toiled for a couple of overs and was not as economic as usual, but then forced a false shot by the opener and took one of two catches he was to bag on the day (ignoring a shocking dropped catch!). Winslet then came on and in five overs changed the nature of the game, clean bowling 3 and having 2 others caught. The pace off the ball at both ends simply took the momentum from Reigate and they slumped to 131 all out with both captains scratching their heads wondering how that had happened.
So after a two week break Headley were back to winning ways with a very good performance. Henry Calvert misses the rest of the season as he has surgery on his knee and has a fielding gene implanted. We wish him a swift recovery.
Sunday 19 August 2018
Headley: 289-7 (35 overs) – Noble 110*, Barton 51*)
Brookwood: 108 all out (Thisanayagam 4-14)
Headley welcomed Brookwood from near Woking on an initially cloudy and breezy late summers’ day. The two sides agreed a 35 over game with James Midmer winning the toss (his only positive contribution of the day) and choosing to bat. Andrew Pickering (27) and Henry Elburn (25) set a good platform with some crunching strokes, before Pickering departed to usher in Gus Noble at No.3. Noble (110*) immediately looked in good as the score raced past 100-1 and went on to prove the mainstay of the Headley innings with a succession of massive straight hits and solid defence. He was accompanied by cameos from Thisanayagam, Winslet, Midmer, Waller and Miles and due to the uncharacteristic incompetence of all of those mentioned looked set to be stranded, but he was eventually joined by Steve Barton (51*) at No.9 and the two powered Headley up to 289-7 with Noble fittingly bringing up a brilliant hundred with a six over long on. He finished on 110 not out.
A special mention at this point to a debut tea from Johan Thisanayagam which was absolutely stunning; sandwiches, pizza, chicken drumsticks and wings, fresh fruit, cakes left all players in a temporary coma.
Brookwood needed a fast start to chase this down and hopes ended almost immediately as young Bobby Barton accurately strangled the scoring rate in the early stages. The visitors were only 40-0 off 10 overs, and it did not get any easier as Steve Winslet then came on and picked up a couple of wickets with sharply spinning off-breaks. Thisanayagam then continued his impressive contribution by sending down some very brisk off-spinners taking 4-14 as Brookwood were bowled out for 108. Headley ran out comfortable winners and take on Cheam next weekend, hoping to keep the run going.